Jan. 17, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowboyssuffered a 33-9 defeat to No. 2 ranked Nebraska in theirfirst home dual of the season Saturday night at theMultipurpose Gym in Laramie, Wyo. The Huskers won seven often matches on the night, two by pin. Nebraska improves to15-1 on the season, while the Pokes move to 2-3 in dualcompetition.
The Cowboys started the dual in dramatic fashion as UWsophomore Bryce Leonhardt faced off against Jason Powell ofNebraska, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 125 pounds. Powellheld a 1-0 lead into the third period before being penalizedfor stalling tieing the match with only seconds remaining.Leonhardt then scored the only takedown of the match as timeexpired to win 3-1, giving the Pokes an early 3-0 lead. Thevictory improves Leonhardt's season record to 14-3 andhands Powell his first loss of the season.
Nebraska would win the next three matches to take a 15-3lead. Nebraska's Joey Malia pinned UW's Tyson Shatto inthe 133 pound bout at 1:34. Cowboy senior Blake Gunter cameup short against No. 11 Matt Murray of Nebraska 5-1 at 141pounds and in the 149 pound match No. 3 Travis Shufelthandled Patrick Shuler of Wyoming by pin in 4:38.
Wyoming's Andrew Shuler would claim the second Cowboymatch victory in the 157 pound bout. The Madison Heights,Va., native defeated No. 12 ranked B.J. Wright of Nebraska5-1. Shuler recorded a takedown in the first period, areversal in the third period and secured the time advantageto cut the Husker lead to 15-6. The win marks Shuler'sfifth straight victory and improves his team leading recordto 18-5.
The Huskers claimed victories in the next four matches totake a 33-6 lead. NU's Jacob Klein defeated UW seniorTrevor Murray by a 12-3 major decision at 165 pounds. In the174 pound match Jason High handled Wyoming's Josh Prevosttaking the match by pin in 4:20. Nebraska's No. 3 rankedTravis Pascoe was too much for Cowboy sophomore Sam Wendlandclaiming a 23-7 technical fall victory for the Huskers at184 pounds and No. 2 ranked BJ Padden of Nebraska thendefeated Malcolm Havens of Wyoming by a 16-8 major decisionin the 197 pound dual.
Wyoming heavyweight Dusty Hoffschneider would close out thecontest with the Cowboys third match win of the night.Hoffschneider upset No. 12 ranked Nathan McClain of Nebraskascoring three takedowns in the bout muscling his way to a7-3 victory. The match proved to be the most exciting of thenight as Hoffschneider overpowered McClain in the finalperiod scoring two takedowns en route his third victory ofthe season. However, the Huskers prevailed with a 33-9 dualvictory.
"We had three guys who picked up three big winstonight," said UW head wrestling coach Steven Suder. "Ihave always said that Bryce Leonhardt can match up withanybody in the country and he proved that tonight."
"Dusty Hoffschneider is a new guy that we haven't seenwrestle too much, but when a guy is purple in the face likehe was in the first period and then pulls it out in the endyou know the kid has a lot of heart and we are all proud ofhim."
"Andrew Shuler wrestled a great match tonight. Hewrestled a match he was capable of and has been capable offor some time. He stayed focussed and was able to comethrough in the end and that is what we are expecting ofhim."
The Cowboys will be back in action next Saturday (Jan. 24)when the host the Cowboy Duals in the Multipurpuse Gym.Matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.